Four Minutes On... Architectural Transformations With Françoise Astorg Bollack, AIA

I prefer the expression “architectural transformations,” to the limited vision offered by “adaptive re-use,” “adaptive use,” and “re-purposing”—all recent expressions—because it places transformations of old buildings in a larger architectural context, one with a rich history available for study: from Andrea Palladio’s 1545 wrapping1 of a “modern” (i.e. Renaissance) loggia around the, by then outmoded, 15th-century buildings housing the law courts in Vicenza; to Michelangelo’s 1563–64 insertion of a Christian church into the ruined Baths of Diocletian in Rome; to Mount Vernon in Virginia, enlarged by George Washington in 1758 and 1774;2 and to the 1928 Maison de Verre in Paris where Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet inserted a modern residence under an 18th-century house (the tenant refused to move!).

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Françoise Bollack, “Old Buildings-New Forms: New Directions In Architectural Transformations”

Architect Françoise Bollack will lecture at the LSU School of Architecture and LSU School of Interior Design on February 23, 2015, at 5 p.m. in the LSU College of Art & Design Auditorium (room 103). Bollack’s lecture, “Old Buildings-New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations,” examines a wide range of contemporary interventions, which add to and transform old buildings. The lecture is sponsored by GraceHebert Architects.